The Dred Scott Foundation has a unique matching grant opportunity!

"Help us raise $35,000 by Juneteenth, June 19, 2014 and the statue will be paid in full.  Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States."

Click here to learn more about the Dred Scott Statue - Matching Grant!
Dred & Harriet Scott
Cherry Blossom Festival
Gala Dinner, Thursday, April 24, 2014
Celebrating 9 years of preserving American History!

at the Marshfield Activity Center

Featuring Former First Lady Mrs. Laura Bush

Laura Bush
click for Mrs. Bush's bio

Click for schedule in pdf format

The 2014 Cherry Blossom Festival here in Marshfield is dedicated to the 75th anniversary of Gone with the Wind and the careers of two extraordinary ladies, Olivia de Havilland and Alicia Rhett. Olivia and Alicia are former recipients of the Edwin P. Hubble Medal of Initiative, our city's highest honor.
They were honored with the remaining surviving cast members of the legendary, Oscar winning film in 2012. Alicia Rhett passed away on January 3, 2014.
Olivia de Havilland Alicia Rhett
Olivia de Havilland  & Alicia Rhett
The festival honors their contributions to cinema history.

Ms. Olivia de Havilland, from her home in France, sends a special message to Marshfield

Venue Address
Carl and Glessie Young Auditorium 370 State Highway DD (on back of Marshfield High School)
Marshfield Assembly of God 1538 W. Washington
Marshfield Christian Church 1061 State Hwy A
Marshfield Lions Club Building 210 W. Maple
Marshfield Junior High School 660 N. Locust
Venue Address
Blackberry Creek Retreat 5086 State Highway KK
Holy Trinity Catholic Church 515 E. Washington
Webster County Library 219 W. Jackson
Webster County Museum 219 S. Clay
Marshfield Activity Center 110 E. Commercial St
Masonic Lodge 263 E. Washington

Fine Art Exhibit
April 24 and 25
Marshfield Christian Church

*Click for Entry Form and more information
" President John F. Kennedy Remembered"
April 24 - 11:15 AM
Marshfield Christian Church

Panel will include Dr. Ken Hechler and Jackie Kennedy's brother
(Bonus - Gallery: Ken Hechler through the years)

Mary Achor
Moderated by Mary Achor
Cherry Blossom Quilt Show
sponsored by Order of the Eastern Star Webster Chapter 439
Thursday, April 24 - 9:00 AM to 4 PM
At the Masonic Lodge

Be sure and scroll down the entire page
and click on underlined links to open up biographical pages.......
To view most of the linked material you will need a pdf reader.  Click here to download one
25 outdooor spots are now available - no refunds in the event of rain
(click for vendor pdf form)

For more information contact Emma Bell by calling 417-380-4942
or email

Come shop with the vendors at the
Marshfield Cherry Blossom Festival

Friday and Saturday
9 AM - 4 PM
Marshfield Activity Center

Some of the already confirmed vendors for 2014:

Paparazzi, Scentsy, Wildtree, It Works,
Thirty-One, Origami Owl, In A Pikle & MANY more

Music at the MAC during Vendor/Craft Booths
Friday, April 25
1 PM Brett Dudenhoeffer
3 PM Acoustic Essays

Saturday, April 26

Noon Earney Smith
1 PM Hervina Wheeler
2 PM High Hopes Bluegrass Band

Appearing at the MAC on Friday, April 25 at 1 PM
Brett Dudenhoeffer
Brett Dudenhoeffer
Appearing at the MAC on Saturday, April 26 at 1 PM

Hevina Wheeler  
Hervina Wheeler
Appearing at the MAC on Friday, April 25 at 3 PM
Acoustic Essays
Acoustic Essays
(after the MAC performance,
to hear more of Acoustic Essays,
 head on over to Sheila's Place starting at 4:30 PM
and then end the night with them at the Northview Jam!)

Appearing at the MAC on Saturday, April 26 at 2 PM

High Hopes
High Hopes Bluegrass Band

Sponsors of the 2014 Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival:
     Blackberry Creek Retreat Bed & Breakfast
     Freda's Uptown Cafe
     Marshfield Mail
     Housholder Law Firm, LLC
     Alice Lucas
     Sheila's Place
       Lawson Law Firm
     King Rentals
     Webster Electric
     Label Solutions
     Bob & Mary Clair
     D.D. Hamilton Title Co.
     Liberty Bank
     TelComm Credit Union
     Ruth's Flowers & Gifts

Email Nicholas Inman at
to get more information
on how to become an official sponsor
of the 2014 Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival

Ella Dickey Literacy Awards

Thursday, April 24 - 4:30 PM
Marshfield Christian Church

*will also include book signing by local authors
2014 Hubble Medal of Initiative Recipient
Doug Pitt
Doug Pitt & Fan
Doug Pitt with Jennifer Gore
photo taken at the Hubble Award Dinner
2014 Hubble Medal of Initiative Recipient
Robert Garst Jr.

Garst Family
Pictured above: Judy Garst-Brown, Robert Garst, 
Edith Garst and Robert Garst, Jr.
2014 Ella Dickey Literacy Award Recipient
Anne Edwards
Anne Edwards
Presidential Prayer Breakfast
Saturday, April 26 at 8:30 AM

Held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church
(donations accepted benefiting the Fire Place Fellowship - Haiti Ministry)

Special Speaker:
Gigi Graham
(daughter of Rev. Billy Graham)

Gigi Graham

co-hosted by Elkland Independent Methodist
and Prospect Methodist Church

2014 Hubble Medal of Initiative Recipient

Jean Coday
Director & President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder
Historic Home and Museum of Mansfield

Jean Coday

English Tea

Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Thursday, April 24 - 2:30 PM

Speaker - Paul Burrell (Princess Diana's Butler)
Paul Burrell
Photo taken at English Tea

For Paul's bio visit his web-site:
"Legends of Television and Screen"
Moderated by Morgan Brittany
Morgan Brittany
Friday, April 25 - 11:15 AM
Marshfield Christian Church

Confirmed panelists:
Karolyn Grimes (Zuzu, It's a Wonderful Life)
Kami Cotler (Elizabeth, The Walton's)
David Harper (Jim Bob, The Walton's)

Kami Cotler
Kami Cotler
Walton's 40th Anniversary
photo credit: bekahjan - used under cc by 2.0
David Harper
David Harper
Walton's 40th Anniversary
photo credit: bekahjan - used under cc by 2.0
Kami plantingBlackberry Creek wait staff
Kami planting a tree and serving as part of the wait staff for
The Annual State Dinner at Blackberry Creek Retreat

Gigi Graham
Inspiration from Gigi Graham at the Prayer Breakfast
4th Annual
Dred & Harriet Scott
Reconciliation Forum
"Breaking the Color Barrier in Baseball"
Click for flyer

Reconciliation Panel
From left to right: Lynn Jackson, Alvin Reid, Rob Rains (moderator),
Ned Reynolds, Bill Virdon, John LaGrone

Hosted by Lynne Jackson and The Dred Scott Heritage Foundation of St. Louis

Held Friday, April 25  -  2:35 PM
Marshfield Christian Church

Memories of Mayberry
featuring actors and actresses* from
The Andy Griffith Show

Will be moderated by Paul Mulik
Paul Mulik
Saturday, April 26 - 10:30 AM
Marshfield Assembly of God

*Morgan Brittany, Maggie Peterson Mancuso, and several others
John LaGrone did a great job of bringing us a taste of Dred Scott
John LaGrone
Julie Hedgepeth Williams talked about her uncle's family experience on the Titanic
Julie Hedgepeth Williams

75 Years - The Making of a Masterpiece
The story and making of Gone with the Wind

Panel moderated by Angela Danovi
Angela Danovi

Saturday, April 26 at 1:15 PM
Marshfield Assembly of God

*concurrent with 
Gone with the Wind doll exhibit
by Sara Sue Bouldin
2014 Walk of Fame Ceremony

Friday, April 25 -  1 PM
Marshfield Christian Church

2014 Walk of Fame Inductees
The Herschend Family
Joan Crawford
Tom Akers
Bill Virdon
Gary McSpadden
Boxcar Willie
Scheduled Gone with the Wind Panelists

2011 Hubble Medalist - Dr. Chris Sullivan
2014 Ella Dickey Literacy Award - Anne Edwards
GWTW Artist & 2012 Cherry Blossom Medalist
- Joseph Yakovetic

Cherry Blossom Run 5K
Saturday, April 26, 7 AM

$15 in advance, $20 at starting line
Information:  Cherry Blossom Run 5K
Race Form: 2014-04-26-Cherry_Blossom_Run_5K

Larry Martin & Boxcar WillieBoxcar Willie Jr
Larry Martin, Boxcar Willie's son, is continuing his father's legacy with a tribute show performing as Boxcar Willie Jr.
Tom Akers
2014 Walk of Fame
Tom Akers - Astronaut

2014 Walk of Fame
Joan Crawford - Actress

Casey Lalonde
Casey LaLonde will accept his grandmother's star

2014 Walk of Fame
Gary McSpadden
Gary McSpadden
Cherry Pie Contest & Auction
held during Hubble Dinner on Friday evening
This popular event gives you bragging rights on being the best
cherry pie maker of the year!

Elsie Myers is our wonderful Pie Chairperson 
Call Elsie at 417-859-3258 for more info
Presidential Family Forum
Presidential Family Forum 

Left to Right: Nicholas Inman (moderator), Tom Washington, George Cleveland, Lawrene Nixon Anfinson, John Truman, Marie Clinton Bruno, Chris Truscott (Jefferson), James Auchincloss (Jackie Kennedy's half-brother), Richard Gatchell (Monroe), Susan Tyler, Bertram Hayes-Davis(Jefferson Davis & Rutherford B. Hayes)

Held Saturday, April 26, 3:15 PM

Marshfield Assembly of God
2014 Walk of Fame
Bill Virdon - Sports

Bill Virdon
A photo of Bill Virdon signing autographs for fans at a Pittsubrgh Pirate spring training game at McKechnie Field
2014 Ella Dickey Award
Hugh Aynesworth
(click name for bio)
Hugh Aynesworth cover
Benedicte Valentiner
Benedicte Valentiner

2013 Ella Dickey Literacy Award Recipient

will present a virtual tour through Blair House

Thursday, April 24 at 9 AM
Marshfield Christian Church

Books sales and signing will follow
Hubble Award Dinner
Friday, April 25 - 7 PM
Holy Trinity Catholic Church

ticket price is $25 each

To reserve your ticket email
Joseph Yakovetic
will once again have his beautiful paintings and prints on
display and for sale this year!

See more of Joseph's incredible artwork on his web-site:

Yakovetic with Rutherford
Joseph Yakovetic with Ann Rutherford
Barbara will be speaking with her twin sister Jenna at the
Robert & Edith Garst History Convocation

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 9 AM
Carl & Glessie Young Community Auditorium
Barbara Pierce Bush
Barbara Pierce Bush
Jenna will be speaking with her twin sister Barbara at the
Robert & Edith Garst History Convocation

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 9 AM
Carl & Glessie Young Community Auditorium

Jenna Bush Hager
Jenna Hager Bush

Fish Fry
Lions Club building on Maple Street
to benefit the
Vivian Stuber Memorial
Library of Niangua

Thursday, April 24
 From 4:30 PM-8 PM
2014 Ella Dickey Literacy Award
Erik O. Ronningen
author of
From the Inside Out:
Harrowing Escapes from the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center
September 11, 2001

(Click on Ronningen's name for bio)
Richard Gatchell (James Monroe Descendent)
will be speaking
Saturday, April 26  -  2:20 PM
Marshfield Assembly of God
Richard Gatchell
Gatchell shown here with his daughters Austin & Emory
Richard Gatchell in his own words last year...

“I am the proud husband of Catherine Gatchell, and the proud father of two exceptional young ladies, Austin Gatchell (14) and Emory Gatchell (12). I live in Baltimore and have worked extensively in the telecommunication field. My focus is on the videoconferencing and collaboration industry, and my primary customer is the Federal Government. In addition to enjoying multiple sports, I’ve become a history enthusiast in my adult years. My connection to James Monroe (5th great grandson) has allowed me an opportunity to investigate history and appreciate the rich background of our relatively young country. I am passionate and patriotic when it comes the core structure and values of OUR United States. The connection to James Monroe has provided multiple teachable moments for my girls. We discuss the importance of the founding fathers and the critical milestones that marked the first 50 years of our nation. We have also come to appreciate the simple things: a respect for our flag, to thank all Veterans, to giving to those less fortunate, our freedom of speech, and the list goes on…... The Marshfield Festival has provided a yearly platform to rebalance my love and appreciation of our country. The grass roots efforts of the people from Missouri provide a wonderful infusion of patriotism and act as a reminder of what makes this country great.”
2014 Ella Dickey Literacy Award
Hugh Aynesworth
Julie Hedgepeth Williams
Margaret Rhodes
Anne Edwards
Erik O. Ronningen

Cherry Blossom State Dinner
Karolyn Grimes
Karolyn Grimes
recipient of a star on the Missouri Walk of Fame
and a 2007 Hubble Medal of Initiative
played Zuzu on It's a Wonderful Life

Blackberry Creek Retreat

Saturday, April 26 - 7 PM
Doors will open at 6:30

$55 Tickets are already SOLD OUT!
some of our confirmed 2014 Festival Guests
Paul Burrell
Maggie Peterson Mancuso
Marie Clinton Bruno
Tom & Billie Washington
Morgan Brittany
Lyon Tyler
Bertram Hayes-Davis
John Truman
Lawrene Nixon Anfinson
Dr. Chris Sullivan
James K. Polk Family
James Monroe Family
Karolyn Grimes
Joseph Yakovetic
Kennedy Family
Dr. Ken Hechler
Lynne Jackson (Dred Scott)
John Lane & Family (Edwin P. Hubble)
James Buchanan Family
George Cleveland
Kami Cotler (Elizabeth, The Walton's)
David Harper (Jim Bob, The Walton's)

Margaret Rhodes
Margaret Rhodes

2014 Ella Dickey Literacy Award

Mrs. Rhodes will be represented by her son,
Michael Rhodes (2nd Cousin to Queen Elizabeth II)

Julie Hedgepeth Williams
Julie Hedgepeth Williams
2014 Ella Dickey Literacy Award
Julie Hedgepeth Williams
author of A Rare Titanic Family
will speak about her great-uncle Albert & great-aunt Sylvia Caldwell
and their experience on the Titanic

Friday, April 25 - 4 PM
Marshfield Christian Church

Webster County Museum
April 25 & 26   -   10 AM - 4 PM

Special Exhibits:
Sara Sue (Hailey) Bouldin Collection of Laura Ingalls Wilder dolls
National First Families Library & Museum Presidential artifacts/collection

Local Authors available at book signings

Joyce Ragland - Dread the Fred
Susan Keene - Tattered Wings, Thirteen, The Adventures of Diggitty the Dog
Brenda Brinkley - Albert's Happy Thanksgiving
Sharon Kizziah-Holmes - Romantic Short Stories, Ride the Storm
Robert H. Sholly - Young Soldiers Amazing Warriors
Peggy Touchtone Sholly - Down Home Delicious
Charles Christman - Visions of Life by Stone Dreamer

return to Ella Dickey Literacy Award
Sharon Kizziah-Holmes
Sharon Kizziah-Holmes
Robert Sholly
Robert Sholly

Brenda Brinkley
An award winning writer and photographer, Brenda Brinkley is a lifelong resident of Webster County. Her short stories have been published in Echoes of the Ozarks, Voices, Cuivre River and Writing on Walls anthologies. She writes regularly for Ozarks Farm & Neighbor, and has also been published in Grit Magazine, Capper's, the Ozark's Mountaineer, and a host of other publications. Her photography has graced magazine and anthology covers.
Joyce Ragland
Joyce C. Ragland
Susan Keene
Susan Keene
Peggy Touchtone Sholly
Peggy Touchtone Sholly